Most of our fast food is filled with salt and saturated fat, and lacking in vital nutrients. That’s why eating fast food on a regular basis has been linked to medical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, etc. A super-size container of fries and a burger washed down with a large soft drink might be comfortably filling, but that kind of diet is not doing anything positive for our bodies (and that is an understatement).
Sadly, other animals around us are also getting addicted to our sugary, salty, greasy fast food. In Hawaii, there are countless outdoor eating areas because the weather is so beautiful. Sitting around in the grass underneath the tables, there are a lot of obese pigeons waiting for handouts (or accidental spills). Their diet is composed primarily of leftover fries, onion rings, chips, and pieces of bread. These poor pigeons have gotten so fat that, when they do attempt to fly, they can only go a few feet before plopping back down onto the ground in exhaustion. Truthfully, I think these birds are attracted to fast food for the same reasons that people are—it’s convenient, easy to get, and its filling.
One day, I heard a restaurant employee ask a man to please stop feeding the birds. She kindly explained that our food doesn’t help them, it just makes them sick. As the man threw the pigeons some more of his fries, he laughed and said, “There are too many of these birds anyway.”
Really? Maybe the humans who created this greasy, salty, deleterious version of food also think that there are too many people in the world.